Splendid Tourist Attractions

Jai Valley (the Eco-Health resort)

Jai the Everlasting Green Valley lies on the North East of Bhadarwah town about 32 Kms. away connected to the town by beautiful Bhadarwah-Jai Link Road. The Valley runs in kilometers bisected by the rivulet called Jai Nallah flowing towards the Thathri Tehsil Headquarters where it merges into Kalgoni Nallah which has mighty waterfalls and rocks which pose challenge to expert rock climbers. The Jai nallah is popular for Trout Fish Culture. The stay facility for the tourists is available as "HOLIDAY VILLAGE" built by way of colorfull tented accomodation and the well designed Igloo Huts. The facility for the adventure lovers and trekkers is also available in the shape of a Youth Hostel which accomodates around 150 guests. One feels in the lap of Nature on entering the Valley from "Jai Top". The Nature's Lap is surrounded with lush green corniferous trees, towards its east lies Bhalessa Valley to be connected through Jai-Bhalessa Road with a distance of 46 Kms, the road encompasses the beautifull hunting grounds of Bachdhar. The Valley is also being linked to Kahara area through Kahara-Jai Road with a distance of 27 Kms. It is the ideal place for winter sports as it remains open to tourists even in peak summers when it remains covered under the blanket of snow. .Visitors can also pitch their tents here for weeks together and enjoy house-riding ,trekking in the cool blue waters of mountainous stream. The valley is also known for Wild Herbs like Digitalis Purea, Aconitum, Podophyllum etc. The religious temple of 'Subar Nag' and 'Roshera Mata ' are situated at a distance of 4 and 2 Kms respectively on the hillocks called Subar Dhar and Rosher Dhar.

Telli Garh

Another beautiful spot namely Telli Garh has been identified for construction of Tourist Complex comprising of Nine Bed Rooms, Two VIP Suits, One Restaurant and Auditorium along with Floral and Herbal Garden is being developed. The work on this spot is being carried out and shall be completed by end of 2010..

Bhadarwah Fort

It is a place of pride for the erstwhile kings of Chamba and Bhadarwah. The fort, which also housed several freedom fighters, inculding Pandit Kashyap Bandu, Sant Singh Teg and later former chief minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. The fort, which was built in 1733. The fort was converted into jail in 1919. Latest LED based Light & Sound System is being installed in the Fort which will be one of its kind in India.
Tourist Reception Centre
Situated at the foot of the Bhadarwah valley, Ameera Nagar TRC is about 6 Kms. away from the main town on Doda Bhadarwah road. Designed at the pattern of Nishat Garden, Srinagar, this spot has a specific location amongst terraced fields and is overlooked by dense Deodar forests from all sides which add to its beauty. From this very place whole view of Bhadarwah valley is experienced and the visitors are taken aback by the blooming flowers. Moreover, TRC Bhadarwah is equipped with internet connectivity through Wi-Fi System which is the only one in the entire Doda District. It will help a lot to the tourists as well as the locals too.
One of the beatifull landscapes named Padri lies on upcoming Bhaderwah-Chamba National Highway at a distance of 41 Kms from Bhadarwah. The landscape runs in kilometers and is ideal for adventure sports like Snow-skiing in winters and Paragliding in summers. One feels extremely delighted reaching there. It is also highest Pass on Bhadarwah Chamba National Highway (The inter-state link). The visitor must carry woolens to enjoy the beauty of Padri even in summers.

Gurdanda - Sonbain Glacier
One of the mighty ridge falls on Bhadarwah-Bani-Basohli Road where one gets lost in the beauty of forests and grasslands. Towards its left lies the mightly Sonbain Glacier which gives birth to Neeru River where one can feel and play with the snow just having a walk of five-ten minutes even in the peak summers.It is a never ending glacier where even a little rainfall turns into snowfall in the peak summers. At Guldanda, the summer camps are being organised in colorfull tented accomodation, having a glimpse of the ridge and glacier one gets tempted to stay back.


Sarthal- Valley - Chatergalla Pass


Sarthal is one of the beutiful vallies enroute Bhaderwah-Bani-Basohli Road which has now become a tourist circuit wherein the tourists divert from Lakhanpur to Bhaderwah via Bani Basohli Road after having break journey at Sarthal Valley. The route via Sarthal used to be the ancient traditional route for Bhadarwah , Bani, Basohli areas as a vital connecting link, passing through Chatergalla Pass (the Highest pass in the area) where one can have the feeling of flying just by standing at Chatergalla if one can withstand the coolest and fastest air blows. Undoubtely one must carry the woolens to withstand the cool atmosphere around.



Like Gulmarg and Pahalgam, Seoj is also one of the mightly meadows with mesmerizing natural landscape which glorifies Bhadarwah as diamond in its crown. The amazing beauty of the meadow is in its everlasting l youth . It has all variety of natural attraction in its  lap. Here the long stretches of green grass lands stretch into miles and the cool, dancing air touches one’s soul, where one feels really in the Heavens and feels a longing for everlasting pleasure. Total distance of Seoj from Bhadarwah is 10 kms and the journey is taken on horseback. It takes about five hours to reach the place.

The snow Glacier at Soej gives birth to the River Tawi which flows through Dudu Basantgarh and reaches Jammu. It remains snow clad during the winters and is ideal for snow games to be planned in the future .Towards its left lie Devchatra Meadows with a naturally terraced mesmerizing landscapes and towards it right is the holy KAILASH KUND (the Sacred lake for Hindus) where the Devotees have the holy dip during the Annual Kailash Yatra which initially was being celebrated for three days but know has stretched to 1 month due to the huge influx of pilgrims from within and outside the State.

Chinta Valley

Chinta is a beautifull Valley, a lovely summer destination. This Valley is also popular with tourists in winters when its ski-slopes attract skiing enthusiasts. Chinta Valley is located 25 Kms from Bhadarwah. One can drive upto Chinta Valley and enjoy the scenic view along the way. The Valley is known as Green Bowl surrounded by Black Forests.


Bhalessa lies at 32° 57' 50.50" N 75° 58' 48.88" E.There are most famous mountain peaks/Dhars in Bhalessa like Mehlwar Pass, which rise to a height of 7705 ft.above sea level. The area is endowed with vast wealth of natural beauty and resources. Full with natural endowments, scenic splendor, places of tourist interest, Worship, round the year snowy mountain peaks and challenging tracks allure the adventurers and trekkers.

The area has good potential for tourism including pilgrim and adventure tourism, The Kalgoni Temple, Durga Maa shrine at Tipri khaljugasar deserve special mention here. The area is surrounded by Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The form of the land is rugged and mountainous surrounded by the sprawling mountains of Himalayas from north to west. These are named as great Himalayas. Besides there are other lofty ridges and peaks. The nullahas like historical Kalgoni streem merge into river Chenab at Thathri. Nullahs called "Kalguni" is Pavitur in the sense that it is surrounded by historical VasakI Nag temple at the corner of village Kilhotran. The main river in Bhalessa is Kalgoni straching from "Kansozoo" that merge into the chenab after. Besides this there are some other small Streems/ Nullahs such as Beer Sow with its origin from Ludoo Kansar with enormous hight, Kanchu sohow near Makhan Chuchool (local popular name of hindus and muslims) has its origin near Goha Kahagugasar. These rivers flow through gorges and are mainly exploited for generation of Hydel Power.

There is enough potential to hold back the tourist in Bhalessa and areas around for at least a fortnight. Places of pilgrimage . Bhadarwah Development Authority is promoting this area and some majhor projects are in pipe line to boost the tourism industry . Bhalessa presents beautiful picturesque as well as attractive fields on way to Padri Top which could be promoted as a health resort as well as a picnic spot. This is a connection line of Bhalessa and Bhaderwah. An everlasting Glacier, Bal Padri is just 15 Km from Padri Top/ Dhaar/ Khanni Top on foot/ horse back from Bhaderwah side. It is on huge heights and one could find large snow field here even in the month of june . Jaai Valley are lying around Bhalessa.....

Mela Patt

Mela Patt' is the one that is celebrated with the most fervour. Tradition has it, that Raja Nagpal of Bhadarwah started this festival some time in the 16th century with the blessings of Lord Nag Vasuki. ``. The fair goes on for three days every year. The fair starts 4 am and ends at sunset. Amidst the beatings of drums and blowing of horns, complimented by the harmonious notes of the flute, an energetic person carries the `Patt' or the silk on his head from the house of Raj Guru or the Royal Priest in a procession led by musicians to the dancing compound.

According to the legend, the Mughal Emperor Akbar had summoned Raja Nagpal at his darbar. Nagpal entered the Darbar hall and took his seat without bowing to the emperor. But before Akbar could take any drastic decision against Nagpal, his ministers tactfully sought Nagpal's appearance at the darbar the next day before the emperor. Raja had a restless night and in a wink of sleep, he saw Nag Vasuki in a dream and got his blessings to attend Akbar's court the next day.

It was decided that Raja would enter the hall through a small window, compelling him to bow automatically. Next day instead of bowing his head, his legs projected from the window. This enraged Akbar, but before the emperor could issue some fatal orders, a hooded serpent appeared in the stately turban of the Raja.

Thinking that Raja was some wizard, he was asked to take off his turban. Before this command could be executed, a dreadful viper with five hoods made its appearance. The emperor's wrath was cooled down. He was impressed by the spiritual powers of Raja. He was accorded his due place and the tribute from him was remitted. He was awarded much wealth from the emperor. Thus, friendship between Nagpal and Akbar was formed. All the wealth Nagpal received from the emperor was dedicated by him to the royal palace.

`Mela Patt' is celebrated every year at the compound of Khakal Mohalla on the occasion of Nag Panchami to commemorate this incident. The celebrations are held seven days after Kailash Yatra and last for three days. ``People belonging to all castes including Hindus and Muslims celebrate the three-day fair with much festivity and joy.


Ms. Mehbooba Mufti

Hon'ble Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir

Smt. Priya Sethi

Hon'ble Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks.

Sh Sarmad Hafeez (IAS)

Secretary Tourism.